Pre-Fall Footwear

Leandra Medine | May 15, 2012

While our collective feet are still all, “give me tropical prints,” or “put me inside an open toe shoe clad in lucite heel and make sure at least one weird thing is sticking out of me,” the fact of the matter is: pre-fall lookbooks, they are a’dropping. And I can most always get behind any sort of footwear related unveiling news. Up today: a closer look at Brian Atwood’s–not to be confused with the rad diffusion line–Pre-Fall collection aptly titled, “Brian’s Women of The World.” In several vignettes of photos, legs are captured in movement wearing shoes that encapsulate the cities at hand. Which, I suppose is quite telling considering the nature on a New York foot on the go, not clad in Leopard print, Parisian dotted tights with mega stiletto heels and copious feathers–no platform, and an assortment of other true-to-its-city’s-aesthetic gestures. See: lots o’fuchsia in LA, three tone shoes and argyle socks in Tokyo, turquoise polka-dot knee highs in Hong Kong. I’m projecting too much of my own hypotheses on you though, peep the below to see what else is up.

Ultimately, I think it’s great to see a collection that stays so true to its own vision–studded shoes, sky high platforms, and jungle prints were Atwood staples before they were, you know, a thing–while taking on the task of complimenting its inherent aesthetic with twelve separate cities. Capturing the essence of an entire regional zone with just one image of the southern portion of the female silhouette is no easy feat but I suppose with a little leather, animal print, fringe, bright color and most importantly, the right shoes a lot of shit is possible. Even arm-less juggling. Now, tell me what do you think? Which are your favorite? Least? Do you take milk with your coffee? I have to know. More Brian Atwood here.


    Love these – London, Hong Kong and Los Angeles especially.

    Sea and Swank

  • Tinacious Me

    the Berlin is insane! Insanely awesome that is!
    Tina @ http://Www.Tinacious.Me


    brutal toss up but i think i like milan the best…obviously because there is a jumpsuit involved. x

  • MONI

    wow some pretty funky shoes right here!


    Can't wait!

  • Jay

    i'm just bothered that sao paolo is misspelled. it's sao paulo.

    about the shoes, paris and moscow rock!

  • Elise and Margot

    love them all!
    x For Happy Days

  • The Antifash

    Milan, Paris, and Sao Paolo are my favs. Not loving LA…

    Shoe preferences imitating life preferences?… Perhaps.

  • Man Repeller

    Shit! Didn't even catch that…yikes.

  • Khia

    My favourite one is Paris. Maybe is that because i'm from Paris?!!

  • the (un?)social butterfly

    Most looks catch perfectly the cities´ vibes; the Sao Paolo shoot doesn´t, at all — Moscow or Berlin would have been more adequate to the paulista´s not so colorful, but chic and maybe slightly overdressed vibe (I don´t get the knee high lace up animal print pin-thin heel from the ladies from Berlin either).

    My favorite look is London, closely followed by Tokyo, but I get the impression I am more in love with the combination of the sandals with those dazzling socks (and that´s not even something that I do) than with the shoes in themselves.

    Thanks for the round-up!

  • Nina

    love them all especially milan!

  • style sprite

    Madrid…London…Milan…time for a world tour!

  • E.

    The Paris leopard heels, please!

  • modelovers
  • Mezzanine

    All are gorgeous, but esp. love NY, LA, Tokyo, Buenos Aires, & Moscow. Oh, and I take my coffee black *wink*

  • Natasha Fatah

    Beautiful selection of shoes.
    But I've posed a question on the blog today about if we would all be secretly happy if high heel shoes went out of fashion.

    ~Natasha Fatah~
    ~Natasha Fatah~

  • Neijah

    Makes me want to travel. Love them ALL!


  • Anonymous

    Milan, Tokyo, NY. LA SUCKS.

  • Opposite lipstick
  • Irina Bugai

    Such a great way to describe a city in a photo with a pair of shoes!

  • stacey k

    LOVE Milan and Madrid

  • Anonymous

    San Paolo (Italian for Saint Paul) is a comune in the Province of Brescia, in the Italian region Lombardy.

  • Anonymous

    hahahahahhaha…. Moscow never changes!

  • Miss K

    Moscow and Hong Kong are the best (happen to be two of my favourite cities too)!

  • Gita
  • Anonymous

    I think I like the Moscow ones…

  • sorthed

    I like your blog:)

  • Creativity&Chocolate

    Why does this all look so lovely? Want it, want it, want it 😀

  • vain319

    okay here are mine 1.Madrid 2.Tokyo,3. London
    I like them all,but those caught my eye first.
    I got vintage clothes that would go with all

  • Ms.Fashionista

    These are awesome!! What a unique idea for shoes. I have to say that the Hong Kong ones are my favorite. Just because it goes along the line of the little kids normal shoe, mixed with a classic print…London is sweet too!


  • Anonymous

    i think madrid is represented extremely well and they are beautifu, definetely my favourite!! Then, Paris, but as usual, all of them are amazing. Congrats for your entertaining blog Leandra!

  • Gine

    New York and Sao Paolo…..! Craving….!

  • Sydney

    Love these shoes, especially LA & Hong Kong. Great selections, colors and styles.

  • Anonymous

    Without hesitate, AMELYE is perfect.
    ABIGAIL is fine but you have an ALAIA like that,
    AFRICA is not better than your pink louboutins with fringes.
    Many characteristics in one shoe. Amazing.

  • escargot

    Madrid in shoes, but Berlin in skirts. :)
    Awesome project in whole, anyway.

  • Anonymous

    +Mornings are without milk, afternoons welcome milk.

  • dictionary_of_fashion

    Ajajaj…I can set aside few great pairs :))

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  • Sketch42

    I *maybe* like new york… kinda would never wear any of the others.

  • Julie D.

    I love NY (the shoes & my home town).

    The Berlin pair are probably my least favorite… but man check out the butt on her!

    <3 Hudson East


    all those shoes looks so fun!

  • Chloe


  • Dear Librarian

    I'm gonna have to go with Hong Kong Baby! Can't wait to move there in August. I also like Tokyo–totally Man Repelling, don't you think?!

    What a fun post!

    A x

  • WNY

    I love New York!

  • brijetblog

    Not a huge fan of the collection according to the above styles but the Madrid boots are pretty fantastic!

  • † Elmo †


    (literally and the shoes)


  • Leah

    I do not take milk in my coffee. i'm a purist.
    ; )

  • Bryn

    New York is the bees knees, and while I wish I could see the front of Moscow, I'm loving the rear.

  • Luciana Luz

    I couldn't agree more. SP is not Amazonia if know what I mean.

  • annie.

    London, Paria and Buenos Aires :)

  • Rosa

    hong kong without a doubt. Love those spots.

  • Paula Shoe-fiend

    HOW ARE YOU SUPPOSED TO PICK A FAVOURITE!!? Ok, Milan I guess… no Paris. Oh God #shoecoma

  • chang long

    nice posting.. thanks for sharing.

  • Pika

    But it says Sao Paulo. So it’s not Italy, it is Brazil!